Bilateral relations between Indonesia and Cuba have been established for 59 years. Indonesia's bilateral relations with Cuba were strengthened by President Soekarno's visit to Cuba in 1960, followed by a visit by President Abdurahman Wahid in 2000 and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in 2006. The two countries have also been active in the Non-Aligned Movement and G-77. Regarding the embargo sanctions imposed by the United States against Cuba since 1960, the Cuban government expressed its gratitude to the Indonesian government for its permanent support towards the resolution to end the United States embargo on Cuba. This was conveyed by the Cuban Ambassador to Indonesia Nirsia Castro Guevara in her remarks on the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, in Jakarta Friday night (Jan 11).
"I thank this opportunity to express Cuba's gratitude to the Indonesian government for the permanent and sustained support for the resolution entitled Necessity of Ending the Economic, commercial and financial embargoes imposed by the United States of America against Cuba," Nirsia said.
Regarding the cooperation between the two countries in the economic field, Ambassador Nirsia acknowledged, even though there has been cooperation in the field of sports and public health sector, the two countries have not managed to take advantage of it. However, Indonesia and Cuba still wish to further increase the collaboration. (VOI / AHM)